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Super-compact pre on a budget

My wife and I are gonna do a sound-hunting / extended recording journey in our truck this fall, and I am trying to put together the most flexible rig (probably just 2 channel) possible for our money. It also has to be tiny. Really really small. I am mainly debating about a decent pre-amp, i.e....


Symetrix 302 vs. FMR Audio RNP vs. Black Lion Audio "Auteur"

Also looking for a compact EQ. I'm running a FMA RNC for compression, and making it all talk to the computer using the Tascam US-122. Mainly hoping to hear advice on the pre's, but open to gear scoldings from all y'all if I could be implementing a better system. Thanks dudes!
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I like it simple, rugged and all-in-one: Sound Devices 702 or 722. Rugged, proven, small form factor, good pre's and ADC's. If budget is a problem you can pick up a used one pretty cheap. Check on Taperssection as they turn up there often.

Disclaimer: I own a couple of 722's and love them.
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mmm.. I think we make too much crazy rock n roll to not just be dumping it all into protools, but the 722 is on my long list of machines to own for field recording, for sure. I think a better move for us at the moment would be trading the US-122 for a Sound Devices USBPre 2.

Has anyone here used the CA 9100 (Church Audio - CA 9100 Preamp) ? It looks like a real dinker, but it has been recommended to me...
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Has anyone here used the CA 9100 (Church Audio - CA 9100 Preamp) ? It looks like a real dinker, but it has been recommended to me...
(Chris) Church has a good reputation over at Taperssection. They all like his gear even if some of it is butt-ugly. There would be the place to ask.
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Small, portable, and great sounding describes most Sound Devices gear. My buddies are impressed with the new USB pre, and I've relied on a 702 for years.
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RNP?
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For a little more than the Mic2496 I'd go with the MixPre-D.

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My wife and I are gonna do a sound-hunting / extended recording journey in our truck this fall, and I am trying to put together the most flexible rig (probably just 2 channel) possible for our money.
Unless I missed it, you did not mention power needs. From what you described - sound hunting - it seems like a battery powered system such as one of the Sound Devices units would be better than something that requires some kind of external power.
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A used sonosax m2 would also be a battery powered dual channel preamp (not available new)
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